Workers’ arrests: Dr Qadri announces to suspend talks with govt

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Friday, “We have suspended all the negotiations with the government as it has arrested hundreds of our workers and leaders, during an overnight crackdown”, ARY News reported.

Addressing the participants at the PAT sit-in, he said the police, during the recent crackdown, not only arrested the workers but looted valuables from their houses that worth millions.

The PAT chief inquired the leaders how do they talk of democracy at the floor of the assembly, adding that the police is storming into the houses of PAT members and violating the sanctity of the household.

He warned the rulers that if these innocent people stood up, there will be no room left for them to escape their wrath.

Dr Tahirul Qadri said on one side the government is negotiating, while on the other it is arresting the innocent people. He said that the police looted jewelry, gadgets, home appliances and whatever valuables they found during the crackdown which is continued since last night.

The PAT chief said, “I am preventing a bloody revolution, but if these people went out of control and refused to listen to my appeals, then these tyrant rulers will be no more”.

He said that all the personnel of the Punjab Police have been deployed in Islamabad and the number of crimes is increasing in the flood-hit areas.

Dr Qadri said Asad Abbas Naqvi, who is a member of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), has not been released so far. He said the police had arrested Naqvi, who was part of the PAT negotiations team.

He urged the residents of the flood-affected areas to chant slogans of ‘Go Nawaz Go’, whenever PM Nawaz visits their villages and cities, in order to make him realize that they have rejected him.

Moreover, Tahirul Qadri said the Sharif brothers are responsible for the floods and all the damages, as they did not pay any attention to save the lives of poor.